special needs

Episode 1 – Scouting With Special Needs

Episode 1 – Scouting with Special Needs

Sandy and I had a great discussion about helping scouts with Autism and a wide variety of other special needs.  Sandy went over the resources available to help units integrate these scouts into their program. We also talked about how to start a Scouting with Special Needs (or Disabilities Awareness) Committee in your council.

You really need to listen to the end. There’s a story that will take your breath away.

About the Guest

Sandy Payne has been the chair of the Connecticut Rivers Council Scouting with Special Needs Committee for the past 7 years. She’s been a licensed practical nurse for 20 years.  For the last 15 years, she’s have been involved in scouting starting as her son’s Tiger Parent. Her son, who is on the Autism spectrum, earned the rank of Eagle in 2015.

Sandy’s got a great Scouting with Special Needs Facebook page that you should like.



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Literature Mentioned

BSA Guide to Advancement, Section 10

Disabilities Awareness – Serving Scouts With Disabilities Resource Page

Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge Pamphlet

Guide to Working with Scouts with Special Needs and DisAbilities

Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual

Registering Qualified Members Beyond Age of Eligibility

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